About Our Program

Student Achievement Data - EvCC Nursing Program

Year

Item

Outcome

2015 - 2016

NCLEX first-time pass rate

94%

2015 - 2016

Program Completion Rate

94%

2015 - 2016

Job Placement Rate (6-9 months after graduation)

98%

 

   

Mission Statement, Philosophy, and Threads

The Everett Community College Faculty have written and fully endorse the following statements about the Mission and Philosophy of our program. Our program is very closely knit to these ideas. The curriculum which you will follow as an Everett Community College Nursing Student will be very much reflective of these concepts. As you read through these statements, you might want to think about your view of learning and your ideas about the faculty and student role.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Nursing at Everett Community College is to prepare nurses to:

  • Provide compassionate, patient-centered care to individuals, families, and population groups across the developmental spectrum.
  •  Practice collaboratively with members of the healthcare team as providers of care, communicators, advocates

Philosophy

The Nursing Program operates within the framework provided by the strategic initiatives and core values of Everett Community College.  As an integral part of the college, the faculty of the Department of Nursing, assume responsibility for the encouragement and facilitation of life-long learning through education for the diverse population of the community.

Learning is active, continuous, and evidenced by changes in behavior.  It is an interactive process between students and faculty, where both share the responsibility for creating an educational climate.  Individuals are valued for the unique contribution they bring to the learning situation.  Students are capable of self-direction and accountable for their own performance.

Human beings are unique and dynamic, functioning in an integrated way to meet perceived needs.  People interact within the frameworks of family, community, and culture, growing and developing as individuals within an ever changing social system that influences their values and patterns of behavior.  Health is a state of being that people define in relation to their own values.  Health is based on internal and external variable:   genetic, developmental, environmental, social, cultural, economic, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual.  Respect for the rights of individuals to make personal health choices is implicit.

Nursing is a dynamic, interactive process wherein each individual is viewed holistically.  The central theme of caring provides the framework for interaction with individuals that reflects the development of the nurse-patient relationship.  Nursing includes purposeful interventions, based upon specialized skills, drawn from the theories and knowledge from various disciplines.

There are commonalties upon which all nursing education is based.  Scientific knowledge, technological, and social changes continually affect nursing practice and therefore, nursing education is oriented to the future.  Nursing education emphasizes professionalism, the continual personal and professional development of the nurse, and the evolution of a nurse self-concept.

Associate Degree nursing graduates enter practice with the capabilities to individualize and manage care for groups of patients while making practice decisions using a broad and complex base of knowledge and skills.  Each nurse bears the responsibility to strengthen nursing practice through self-development and the use of research to guide their practice.
 

Foundations of the Nursing Program of Learning

The foundations of the nursing curriculum provide the structure for determining inclusiveness and direction for the program of study.

Core Values

Core values provide the broad foundation upon which the nursing courses are built.  The themes represent the faculty’s vision of nursing and our approach toward nursing practice.  These values lead to an assumption that nurses who are prepared in this program will integrate them into their future practice.

Patient centered care is a commitment, by the nurse, to listen, inform, respect and be involved with each individual in making decisions regarding their care.  Therefore, nurses must consider the patient’s cultural traditions, personal preferences, values, familial situations, social circumstances, and lifestyle in aiding the patient to make decisions.  Patient-centered care assists the patient to assume increasing responsibility for defining and maintaining health or moving toward a dignified death.

Human diversity is an awareness of and sensitivity to any human’s unique cultural and/or societal beliefs and practices.  Concern for diversity is expressed by caring for patients in a way that matches their perceptions of health.

Nursing ethics are the values or moral principles governing relationships and guiding actions between the nurse and patient, the patient’s family, other members of the health professionals, and the generalpublic.  Thinking carefully about the ethical aspects of nursing decisions helps us make choices that are right, good, fair, and just.

Caring is a necessary and basic condition of life.  Professional caring is an interaction between a giver and recipient directed toward maximizing positive health outcomes and assisting individuals to attain the highest level of wellness they desire.  The expressions of caring are:

• A feeling of compassion
• An attitude of concern
• A philosophy of commitment
• An ethical disposition in the situation
• Acts of doing for another
• Conscious attention to the monitoring, surveillance, and protection of well-being.
• Nurturance of growth and adaptation
• The courage of entering into the experience of another and being fully present
• Advocacy on behalf of another

Caring contributes to the perception of a safe environment and is an integrative force that organizes and binds together all the resources of the nurse.

Holism is a view of each individual as a unique and complex human being comprised of physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and spiritual components.  Nurses consider the whole person in the context of the total environment.

Student Competencies

Student competencies represent the elements of nursing practice that weave in and out of the program of study producing the final tapestry of nursing knowledge and skills.  They arecontinuous elements that are developed in an evolving way throughout the various courses.In each course, the competencies are studied, in a   distinct way, with increasing complexity throughout the curriculum.

Clinical reasoning is defined as the observed outcome of critical thinking and decision-making.  It is    a process that uses nursing knowledge to observe and access presenting situations, identify prioritized patient concerns, and generate the best possible evidence-based solutions in order to deliver safe patient care.

Communication is the verbal and non-verbal exchange of ideas, feelings, thoughts, and knowledge between individuals.  Communications includes such methods as talking and listening; writing and reading; or expressive forms such as touch and other body movements.  Thus, communication included all the modalities by which one individual affects another.  Communication serves as a catalyst for shaping relationships in all interactions in which the nurse engages.  Communication between the nurse and patient is considered therapeutic when interactions are directed toward achieving optimum outcomes for the patient.

Teamwork and collaboration represents effective functioning within nursing and interprofessional teams to foster open communication, develop mutual respect, and create shared decision-making for achievement of quality patient care.

Evidence-based practice involves the integration of current research findings and clinical expertise to guide the selection and implementation of therapeutic strategies designed to bringthe individual to a state of optimum health. 

Quality Improvement involves the use of data and improvement methods to create changesthat improve quality and safety in healthcare delivery. 

Safety minimizes risk of  harm to patients and providers through system effectiveness and individual performance.

Informatics utilizes information and technology to communicate and manage care, mitigate error, and support decision-making.